Tea of the Week for December 28, 2019: Acid Drop Green Tea!
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Tea Description: Another candy that I absolutely adored from my Handy Candy Haul were the acid drops. And this time, the adoration was completely unexpected. I admit the name was something that scared me - I'm not a big fan of very sour candy (or drinks for that matter) - and with a name like "acid drops" it told me that this was going to be extraordinarily sour. After tasting the candy though, I realized just how misleading the name was. Acidic - yes, but in a good way. It wasn't sour or even overly tart. Tart - yes. Tangy - yes. But not what I'd call sour. Nothing that made me pucker - not once. (And I had several of the candies). It was just a tangy, acidic citrus candy - it was bright and had a nice, palate-cleansing effect - very different from a typical candy because it had that nice contrast between sweet and tart. It was definitely more sweet than it was tart . . . and it was really quite lovely.
So I decided that this was a candy that I could interpret as a tea!
I went with organic Chun Mee for a base because it tends to a be a little less sweet than typical green teas - and it also tends to have a somewhat acidic, citrus tone to it - making it the perfect choice for the base for this particular blend. For a tart & tangy character, I added grapefruit, lemon, lime & lime leaves. To soften the acidic blow (just a little) of these tart & tangy players, I added a little bit of orange and lemongrass.
So please note: this tea - despite its somewhat deceptive name - is not overly acidic. It's not sour or even terribly tart. It does have a tangy edge to it - it is tart (but again, not overly so) and it has a pleasantly sweet note that cuts through some of that tart for you. It's a really nice citrus tea - but not your typical citrus that tends to focus on the sweet flavors but instead, this one's more about the bright tanginess of the fruits. If you've ever had an acid drop, you'll know what I'm talking about - because I feel like this one comes pretty darn close to its candy inspiration.
Organic, VEGAN, gluten free and allergen free!
organic ingredients: green tea, grapefruit, lemon, lime, lime leaves, lemon grass, orange & natural flavors
This "Retro Candy" month has been a lot of fun - it was fun 'researching' the candies - and deciding which candies I should feature in the box. To be honest, many of the teas that I included in my orders were licorice-y (that's just how I roll, I love me some black licorice!) but I feared that if I had more than one licorice-y tea in the box, at least a few people would be upset because while I love black licorice, not everybody is a fan.
This is one of the candies that i was pleasantly surprised by because when I ordered it - and up to the point that I popped one of the hard candies in my mouth that it would be just too sour for my liking. I pucker just at the thought of sour candy - not a fan at all - and I was sure these would be too sour for me. But they were not. They were a lot sweeter than I expected and certainly much sweeter than the name suggests. I liked the cleansing effect they had on my palate - it was very refreshing! Bright, tangy and yet sweet. Invigorating!
And that's just what I'm getting from this tea. It has a slightly sweet taste to it, but also tart and tangy. It's quite bright and invigorating - and my palate feels clean and refreshed with each sip. The grapefruit stands out but it doesn't stand alone here - with notes of lemon and lime also shining through. The orange is less evident - I just wanted a barely there kiss of orange to this because I consider orange to be much sweeter than the other citrus fruits in this.
to brew: give the pouch a really good shake. The lime leaves and lemongrass will filter to the bottom of the pouch - and you want those to be in the measurement. measure 3g of tea to 12 ounces of hot water (175°F). you want the measurement to be more tea/herbal leaves than fruit wedges - the fruit wedges provide less flavor to the cup than the tea & herbal leaves do. steep for 2 minutes. strain and allow to cool for at least 5 minutes.
If you want this to be more representative of the candy - I recommend a little bit of sugar. Without the sugar, it's still quite nice: beautifully citrus-y. But it won't have the same hint of sweetness that you would get from the hard candy that inspired it.